As far as the love and relationship gods are concerned they are playing a fairly low key role this year, on both fronts focused more on the big picture, while putting the communication gods front and centre. The love gods know that the Year of the Monkey is keeping romantic matters flowing for you and is at least keeping things ticking over until the Sun, Mercury and Venus reach your romantic sector next month. At the same time, with some major and I mean major relationship developments in the second half of the year the relationship gods are not only focused on the long term, but this month more specifically on supporting the communication gods. After a rocky start to their return to your communication sector last month the Sun and Venus are in a much better shape this month and while there will still be a few roadblocks, this will simply cause them and you to dig deeper. With the Sun keeping your communications real and authentic until leaving your communication sector on the 21st June and Venus, planet of love and guardian of your relationships giving your heart and your relationships a voice until she leaves on the 18th June, this is when the investment into having the communication lines open is taking place. However, the real effect needs to take place as Mercury, planet of communication moves through your communication sector, from the 13th June to the 30th June. The Moon's visit to your relationship sector from the 13th June to the 16th June will allow you to capitalise on the full contingent of communication gods, making these the most important days of the month for giving your heart, emotional responses and relationships a voice.
After turning direct in your romantic sector last month Jupiter is not only enjoying his first full month in direct motion but is now on the home straight, with each day now taking this planet of luck and expansion one day closer to his departure in September, not to return for another 12 years. These final months of a yearlong Jupiter visit are always the months when everything comes together and this time around there is some unparalleled support. However, with the best months still in front of you and the love gods not really pulling out all the stops until late July, you're still building towards the luckiest months of the decade for matters of the heart and all things romantic. However, with the tide now moving in the right direction and both fate and luck on your side, you need to be ready to meet the love gods halfway. While it was a given that the focus would be on matters of the heart this month, what is a real game changer is the fact that your relationships are suddenly back in play, at a point in the year when that shouldn't be the case. Even Mars' position in your relationship sector until early March was a bonus, with the last planet usually leaving your relationship sector in November or December of each year, not to return again until the following October. However, on the 28th May, just days before moving into June, Mars retrograded back in for a rare double dip visit, one that has opened the door to the past and second chances. While Mars has spent time in retrograde motion in your relationship sector before, that time being in 1999 and the time before that in 1984, the last time he retrograded back in just months after leaving was in 1937, 78 years ago. With Mars in retrograde motion until the 30th June and Venus returning to your communication sector on the 18th June, the Sun on the 21st June and Mercury, planet of communication on the 30th June, this final 10 days in retrograde motion are going to be the best, with your relationships not only finding their voice but the past and unsaid words a voice as well. This is a true opportunity for a do over.
With Saturn in your relationship sector since last September and until late last month Mars here since early March, that the focus is on your relationships this month shouldn't take you by surprise, for it will not only be here every month this year, but right through to early 2018. However, unlike the last three months this time Saturn is once more flying solo, with Mars having retrograded back out on the 28th May. Chances are Mars' final days were a little intense, with the warrior planet of the cosmos seemingly having created a lot of intensity and even some personal and/or relationship tensions in his final week. However, this was less a case of Mars doing anything different and more that the Sun and Venus returned to Gemini to begin your birthday month and new solar year, only to find Mars in his final week in your relationship sector, in opposition and just days away from leaving and not about to let your needs come before your relationship needs. The Sun and Venus had other ideas and this is why things came to a head. This month while the Sun, Venus and Mercury, who moves through Gemini from the 13th June to the 30th June, will all move into opposition with Saturn and personal and/or relationship tensions are still likely to run high this month, everything is out in the open and you're better able to see this as simply a chance to ensure you have the right balance between your personal and relationship needs. The game changer is the 17 days that Mercury, planet of communication and your ruling planet will spend in Gemini when along with Venus, planet of love and guardian of your relationships he'll be doing his best to give your relationships, the past and unsaid words a voice and to turn this into an opportunity for a real breakthrough.
Because the years have a familiar pattern to them, whether you are consciously aware or not, there are certain things you have come to expect at different points of the year. While with Pluto in your relationship sector from 2008 to 2024 the focus will always be on your relationships, at this time of year he'll always be in retrograde motion so this is a period of review and reflection, while matters of the heart just start to get a look in. While there is usually no planetary activity in your romantic sector until October and this has usually run its course by December each year, with Venus already returning to Cancer either at the same time, just ahead or just behind the Sun, there is always at least some romantic respite, in time for your birthday. However, as you move into June you don't find a romantic drought but a flood tide of romantic nostalgia. Before returning to your sign on the 18th June Venus is spending the final weeks of this current Venus cycle moving through a nostalgic part of your chart, taking your heart on a nostalgic trip down love's memory lane. However, that's only part of the reason for an almost overwhelming sense of romantic nostalgia in the air, which is mainly coming from the fact that Mars retrograded back into your romantic sector on the 28th May, opening the door to major second chances. While Mars has spent time in retrograde motion in your romantic sector before, last time in 1999 and the time before that in 1984, the last time he retrograded back just months after leaving was in 1937, 78 years ago. Due to turn direct on the 30th June, by which point Venus, planet of love will be in Cancer, a month that starts with a huge amount of romantic nostalgia and the doors open to second chances ends with a major turnaround possible. All this in what is usually the least romantically charged points of the year.
While some of the excitement has gone after Mars retrograded back out of your romantic sector on the 28th June, considering that he had already spent nearly three months there he has left you with plenty of romantic passion and a sense of what you're fighting for. Because Mars retrograded back out instead of moving on he'll return in early August for a do over, but it also means that he's left the door open to the past, which you're able to continue to benefit from, especially when it comes to second chances. While Saturn is staying on and is in retrograde motion here from March through to August, his focus is less on second chances and more on learning from the past as well as acting as the Fun Police, refusing to buy old excuses. The Moon's monthly visit to your romantic sector will create some of the most romantically charged days of the month for more than one reason. Moving through your romantic sector from the 18th June to the 21st June romantically charged lunar vibes will pick up on all the romantic chemistry in the air and expand on it, amplifying the doors still open to the past and all the romantic passion Mars left behind. However, for the second time in as many months this will create a Full Moon on the 20th June, a complete do over from a Full Moon in Mars' final days. A third reason why this lunar visit is so important is that it falls during Venus, planet of love's early days in a nostalgic part of your chart and with Saturn in retrograde motion in your romantic sector this is going to fuel a sense of romantic nostalgia in the air by then, creating the high point in a nostalgic trip down love's memory lane.
Compared to other signs you have a status quo that has a much higher benchmark and where they may experience planetary activity in their romantic and relationship sectors at specific times of year, you have had continuous planetary activity in your romantic sector since 2008 and in your relationship sector since 2003. That the focus is on romantic and relationship matters is always going to be a given, so the difference is what is happening to those planets, what kind of support or what kind of challenges they're facing and this month it's all good news. Pluto, in retrograde motion in your romantic sector since April and not due to turn direct until September, is holding the doors open to the past and second chances and is enjoying the kind of support that should boost your confidence and a sense of what's possible. At the same time your relationships, which didn't fare well in the earlier months of the year, come into their own this month, mainly because of the support that is flooding in. For months now your relationships were happy just to have the personal and/or relationship tensions in play from late February to mid April gone, able to accept that a lack of support since Mars left your communication sector in early March was a small price to pay. However, on the 28th May Mars retrograded back into your communication sector for a rare double dip visit, one that will keep the communication lines open to the past all month, able to give your relationships a voice. Why that's so important is that with Neptune turning retrograde in your relationship sector on the 14th June and Chiron on the 27th June, the doors are opening to the past and second chances on the relationship front as well.
The focus this month is on your relationships, which is par for the course at this time of year, with the last planet having left your romantic sector in mid April and the next not due to return until November. With the relationship gods having a continuous presence until Uranus leaves your relationship sector in 2019, if there is no focus on romantic matters then by default all that focus shifts back to your relationships. That isn't always for all the right reasons, but this time it is. With Saturn not only spending the whole of June in your communication sector but in retrograde motion here until August, there is not only support to give your relationships a voice but the past and unsaid words a voice as well. This will be amplified when the Moon moves through your communication sector from the 18th June to the 21st June, creating a Full Moon on the 20th June. Another important few days for both relationship and communication matters will be while the Moon is moving through your relationship sector, which it will do twice this month. Already here as you move into the month the Moon will be in your relationship sector until the 2nd June, returning from the 27th June to the 29th June. While your relationships have plenty of support all month from the communication and relationship gods, matters of the heart have only the Moon's monthly visit to your romantic sector, from the 23rd June to the 25th June, with a need to make them count.
In the first half of the month you're able to catch the tail end of a relationship chapter that should have run its course last month. Mercury, planet of communication became the first planet to reach your relationship sector this year when he returned to your relationship sector on the 6th April, for what should have been a 15 day visit aimed at giving your relationships a voice. Yet almost two months later, as you move into June Mercury is still here, with a lot of water having passed under the bridge in that time. Apart from his own retrograde phase the Sun and Venus have both moved through your relationship sector in that time, with the Sun having left on the 21st May and Venus on the 24th May, together leaving you with a clear sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you. In direct motion since the 23rd May but not due to leave your relationship sector until the 13th June Mercury, planet of communication is on a mission to ensure the communication lines are open. The toughest days Mercury will face will be on the 9th/10th June when in his final days he will move into opposition with Mars, who retrograded back into Scorpio at the end of last month. As your personal and relationship needs clash this is going to push the planet of communication to do his job, creating the potential for an 11th Hour breakthrough, one that has been over two months in the making. While relationship matters will run their course on the 13th June romantic matters are only just picking up, getting a major boost when Venus, planet of love returns to an adventurous part of your chart on the 18th June.
The focus is always going to be on your relationships at this time of year, due to the fact that the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of June in your relationship sector. However, while last year brought some fairly strong wakeup calls, the strongest in decades, the Sun and Venus' return late month encountered a lot more slack than you might have expected. When the Sun returned to your relationship sector on the 21st May and Venus on the 24th May they moved straight into an opposition with Mars, just days away from retrograding back out of your sign, as well as being confronted by a Full Moon. While any personal and/or relationship tensions this may have created are easing back as you move into the new month, it won't take long for them to start building again. For the second year in a row your relationships are unable to plough straight through your own needs with Saturn, the staunchest planet in the solar system, making sure that doesn't happen. While personal and/or relationship tensions are likely to peak when the Sun and Venus move into opposition on 3rd June to the 5th June and again on the 20th/21st June, when Mercury moves into opposition, each is taking you a step closer to knowing what you want from your relationships and what they need from you. All this is a strong defence of your own needs refusing to let your relationship needs take precedence, while relationship forces are doing the same. This creates the potential for the kind of authenticity you haven't had before, especially if you work with Mercury, planet of communication as he moves through your relationship sector from the 13th June to the 30th June. Romantic matters on the other hand have an easy month, with everything going your way.
There is always exactly a month between the Sun's departure from your romantic sector and his return to your relationship sector and it's that gap that allows romantic matters to settle, giving you time to start looking ahead to turning your focus onto your relationships. This year the gap between a romantic chapter ending and a relationship chapter beginning has been whittled down to just five days. While the Sun did leave your romantic sector on the 21st May and won't return to your relationship sector until the 21st June, with Mercury not leaving your romantic sector until the 13th June and Venus returning to your relationship sector on the 18th June, the lines are a lot more blurred. This also creates a month of two halves, where the focus is on romantic matters in the first half, relationship matters in the second half and a five day period between the 13th June and the 18th June where you need to work to keep the spirit of romance alive, while preparing to shift your focus to your relationships. On the romantic front Mercury is the last planet standing and having returned on the 6th April for what should have been a 15 day mission to give your heart a voice and to put heart and mind on the same page, he has gone above and beyond this year. In the second half of the month Venus' return to your relationship sector on the 18th June puts the first focus on your relationships this year, with the planet of love and guardian of your relationships starting things off, followed by the Sun on the 21st June and finally Mercury, planet of communication on the 30th June. This marks the start of your annual relationship review, with a chance to update a sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you.
While the focus is always going to be on matters of the heart and all things romantic at this time of year, with the Sun always spending the first three weeks of June in your romantic sector, no year is created equal. This year, from the Sun's return to your romantic sector on the 21st May to Mercury's departure on the 30th June, the love gods will be active for just five weeks and five days. It's no wonder then that you're getting some wakeup calls this year, with the Sun and Venus having both endured oppositions in their early days, meeting them again from the 3rd June to the 5th June and Mercury, who moves through from the 13th June to the 30th June facing them on the 20th/21st June. With less than six weeks to work with the love gods don't have time to muck around, taking off the gloves and delivering as many wakeup calls as necessary in order to get your attention and challenge your excuses. The love gods will get some help from the Moon's monthly visit to your romantic sector and from the romantically charged lunar vibes in play from the 4th June to the 6th June. This comes right in the heart of an alignment between the Sun and Venus from the 4th June to the 10th June, creating not just some of the most romantically charged days of the month, but of the year. With your relationships getting their turn next month all that's really required there is that you work to ensure the communication lines are open, especially during the Moon's visit to your relationship sector from the 8th June to the 11th June. During this time you'll have a chance to give your emotional responses and relationships a voice.
The rule of thumb as far as the relationship and love gods are concerned this year has been a case of 'stay away if you can', favouring no action or attention to the wrong kind. And you have definitely had the wrong kind, with personal and/or relationship tensions running high from late February through to mid April. With Jupiter, making his first visit to your relationship sector in 12 years, in retrograde motion over that time and under pressure from a parade of planets moving through your sign, this will have seemed like anything but a lucky year for relationship building. That started to change when Mercury, planet of communication not only returned to your communication sector on the 6th April but refused to leave after the 15 days he will normally spend here and almost two months later, as you move into June, he still hasn't left. While Jupiter turned direct in your relationship sector on the 10th May and the pressure eased off your relationships by the second half of April, Mercury is leaving nothing to chance, staying on to continue to give your relationships a voice until he has no choice but to leave, on the 13th June. By then your relationships will be back on their feet and after having had a chance to give your relationships, the past and unsaid words a voice, keeping them open will be relatively easy but also important. You've had some of the most challenging relationship months in a decade, but ahead lay some of the best. That would be more than enough but the love gods feel you deserve something more with Venus, planet of love returning to your romantic sector on the 18th June, the Sun on the 21st June and Mercury, planet of communication on the 30th June. This finally sees the romantic drought in effect since August 2015 finally come to an end.